The Tea Party Of Liberals

Remember the Tea Party of 2010?
Their defining feature in my mind was their crazy conspiracy theories.
Recall that Obama was a Kenyan, Communist Muslim (among other crazy stuff).
But their paranoid delusions went far, far beyond that.

The tea Party believed some seriously crazy shit.

Are sex-ed classes just a secret plot to turn kids gay? Yes, according to Wisconsin state senator and soon-to-be U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, who once warned that some school classes are the result of an “agenda which is left unsaid is that some of those who throw it out as an option would like it if more kids became homosexuals.”
Grothman instead proposed that schools enact their own “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policies, lest growing support for gay rights in the U.S. lead to divine punishment.
Hice, as it happens, shares Grothman concerns about gay recruitment, once citing a satirical 1987 essay to claim that gay people want to “sodomize your sons” and “seduce them in your schools.”

No, really crazy shit.

At least one Republican candidate knows the true identity of the Antichrist, and it’s Hillary Clinton.
Ryan Zinke, the successful Montana GOP U.S. House candidate who helped launch the Super PAC Special Operations for America, told a Republican group that Clinton is Satan’s bride, and he knows this to be so because he speaks the truth:

And then there is Shariah Law, Gun Grabbing, FEMA, Secret Muslim Training Camps, and the North American Union, just to name a few.
In the end, it was always about the president, as this Vanity Fair article points out.

How many of you think Barack Obama is the Antichrist? You know, the fella (or fellas, depending on which part of the Bible you’re reading) confronted by Jesus in the Second Coming? Twenty-six percent of Americans either believe that the president is preparing for war with the Messiah or aren’t sure that he isn’t. (Of course, since Obama has been in office for five years, these yahoos should really start to wonder what’s taking Jesus so long to get back to Earth to confront the demon president.)
Hopefully, these are the same 26 percent of wackos who believe that the government puts fluoride into drinking water notfor dental health but for “other, more sinister reasons,” as the P.P.P. question read. It was all a communist plot, you see, to do . . . something.

Only 'wackos' and 'yahoos' believe crazy konspiracy theories, as Vanity Fair pointed out.
Which makes it all the more ironic when Vanity Fair decided to embrace konspiracy theories.

The chattering classes have officially lost it.... They’re falling fast. They’re speeding away from the world of logic into a cesspit of conspiracy and fear. It’s tragic. Or hilarious. One or the other.
Exhibit A: this week’s New Yorker. It’s mad. It captures wonderfully how the liberal-left has come to be polluted by the paranoid style of McCarthyist thinking since Trump’s victory. It’s a New Yorker for a future, dystopian America that’s been captured by the Evil Empire. The mag’s masthead is in Cyrillic and its famous dandy mascot — Eustace Tilley — has morphed into Putin. It’s now ‘Eustace Vladimirovich Tilley’. Inside the mag it’s even more feverish. A 13,000-word report, ‘Trump, Putin and the New Cold War’, is accompanied by a drawing of a deep-red, UFO-style Kremlin hovering over the White House and firing lasers into it. It’s CGI Hollywood meets House Un-American Activities in an orgy of liberal dread over Ruskies ruining the nation.

It used to be right-wingers who fretted over Russians and Reds and pinkos colonising Westerners’ lives and minds. Now it’s lefties. Trump is regularly called ‘Putin’s puppet’. He’s an ‘unwitting agent’ of Moscow, we’re told. The New York Times even called him ‘The Siberian Candidate’, echoing the title of the 1962 thriller The Manchurian Candidate, in which an American is brainwashed by Korean Communists to become an assassin. That’s how some seriously view Trump: a Putin-moulded footsoldier of Russian interests who’ll assassinate the American way of life, if not American citizens. I mean, Vanity Fair actually asks: ‘Is Trump a Manchurian Candidate?’ These people need a lie down. You have to get deep into the New Yorker’s prolix report to discover that US officials still haven’t provided evidence for their claim that Putin ordered the hacking of Democrat emails in order to hurry Trump to power: ‘The declassified report [on Putin’s meddling] provides more assertion than evidence.’

But that hasn’t stopped the left McCarthyists, these Reds on the Web fearmongers, from buying into all kinds of claptrap about Putin putting Trump in the White House. In December, a YouGov survey of Democratic voters found that 50 percent of them think ‘Russia tampered with vote tallies to help Trump’. That is, White House-eyeing Putinites actually meddled with voting machines or ballot counts. There’s no evidence whatever for this. In YouGov’s words, it’s an ‘election day conspiracy theory’. A kind of delirium is spreading.

What's truly scary is that we aren't even two months into the Trump presidency and liberals are already sounding like crazy Tea Partiers.
What will liberals sound like in a couple years, once a lot of these konspiracy theories have a chance to develop and mature? Who will be the liberal's Glenn Beck?
Does it really make a difference that Trump is Hitler and not the anti-Christ?

I'm fully in support of the public getting politically engaged, and I totally oppose most Trump's policies.
But this sort of ignorant reaction, based on little more than emotion will not produce the sorts of changes that their country badly needs. Emotion investment is good, but their needs to be something of value behind it, and that requires drastic reforms of the Democratic Party.

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Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal's picture

He's Stalin. Or Lenin. Or Trotsky. Well, we're not sure, but something bad and Russian and authoritarian.

All this hullaballoo does leave me needing vodka, I'll grant that.

Dear god, I wish I could talk with whoever our counterparts are in Russia. Ordinary people who also think this whole thing is mad.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal
What sort of crazy, fucked-up shit will be taken as gospel on TOP a year from now?
Will denying that Putin is the shadow president a bannable offense? Is that already true now?

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@gjohnsit Well if they're deciding whether "we" should assassinate Putin, Assange, or both, clearly they're lost to reason and decency already.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

detroitmechworks's picture

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal They're the first ones to call for killing other people.

Ah hell with it, this subject depresses me. Fuck em, I'll go with what I like.

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

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@detroitmechworks

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@detroitmechworks @detroitmechworks OK, that was a totally inappropriate response, given what the video is. Sorry about that! I was trying to add some cheer--and I responded before watching the video. Bad CSTS, no dog biscuit!

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

detroitmechworks's picture

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal Your vid captured the insanity perfectly.

Heck with it, here's something fun in return, that captures the way I feel when talking to Condescending Politicians.

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal's picture

@detroitmechworks Well you just got your revenge by making me want to see that movie (I skipped it at the time.) Smile

As for the politicians, actually Maui is a pretty mild comparison. I'm thinking more Wormtongue...although there's probably some poor souls still in there wondering how the hell they can get off this merry-go-round.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

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@detroitmechworks
forwarded to my son... Smile

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mimi

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@detroitmechworks
it's better to not read some stuff.

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mimi

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@detroitmechworks

          I can always tell who's never fought for their life...

          ... or seen death up close and personal. The grim reaper is not a pleasant visage, and those calling for the death of another human have no understanding of the process.

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@PriceRip But invoking the grim reaper smacks too much of the policy of "killem' all and let god sortem' out". Or maybe its just me.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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@earthling1

          I have a long and storied history of non-violence and working with Seattle's Agape Community. Yet when some RWNJ on campus successfully generated a rumor that I had been overheard uttering a perceived threat of violence the Dean decided to investigate. And, to be on the safe side, I was required to get some concealing for my "anger issues".

          So I consider your comment that the context of my reference to the grim reaper,

smacks too much of the policy of "killem' all and let god sortem' out".

to be rather strained and extremely laughable. But as usual other's mileage may vary.

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

On the plus side, they're collected in one spot. Now, if only we could keep them there...

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal Yeah in a previous essay here on C99 I made a similar point.

The narrative around Trump shifts between various thought paradigms which aren't really interchangeable but people do it anyway to throw out as many phrases as they want.

As I had said, Trump is now a Nazi-Fascist-Putin agent. Wonder how many other hyphens will be added here?

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think is irrational or wrong. Not one, as far as I recall.

There is absolutely zero question that he and his team have had extensive contacts with Russia and have lied about it. Period. They're on the record. Both in boasting about the relationships in one setting, and in denying it in another. He's been financially dependent on Russian interests for a long time.

I also think he is legitimately bonkers.

So I don't see any value in defending him. Chaos among Republicans is good.

So what if the "resistance" has been financed by someone? So what? When did the peasants ever successfully rebel against the landlords on their own? Never. They always need the elites to split and go after each other first. Hell, the French revolution started when some of the First and Second Estates got up and sat with the Third Estate, proclaiming themselves the National Assembly. So I'm not going to worry that the elites are at war behind the scenes. That's good.

What is more useful is to fight the DNC at the same time. March agains them. Embarrass them. Show alternatives. Whatever.

If there's anything to worry about, it's not the attacks on Trump. It's the constant reshaping of "resistance" into an elitist identity politics agenda (as with the giant investment manager who put up a statue of a girl in front of the Wall Street Bull today, demanding an equal right to oppress for female 1%ers.) Those ID politics are the single most likely development to run the country's growing political engagement completely off the rails.

Tea party accusations? Sorry, don't see it. It's still the right wing who thinks Soros is literally behind everything and the incompetent Trump is the "God-Emperor."

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@Cassandrus

I haven't read a single accusation against Trump that I think is irrational or wrong. Not one, as far as I recall.

So then Trump, a billionaire narcissist that the Republican Party can't control, is totally under the power of Putin then?
Saying Trump is a traitor is not a konspiracy theory.

Yea, that makes total sense.
Wow

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@gjohnsit I can vividly picture the eye-rolling, sneering, maybe even jostling somebody with the elbow followed by a knowing head nod.

IDGAF. I don't care who thinks I'm on their "team."

Fact is, we're well past the thin gruel of the "17 agencies" bullshit of the fall. Now we've seen him and his cronies openly lie about their ongoing relationships with Russia. "I have a great relationship, a terrific relationship, direct and indirect, just talked to him recently, I mean, no, I haven't talk to him in 13 years, no contacts, oh that's what you mean by contacts, well yes but context." Yes, I'm sure opening a dialogue about lifting sanctions while appointing the single American most likely to benefit from lifting those sanctions as Secretary of State only happened in brooklynbadboy's fevered imagination.

Hate to break it to you, but if you need to feel that somebody is a good egg or acting rationally in all this, you're going to have to face the music. Every member of the elite on all sides and in multiple countries is a failed self-serving asshole. They are all, and I mean all, on the take. Anything else is pure naivete.

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@Cassandrus No, but we're not simply choosing sides. Right?

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

@Cassandrus

I can vividly picture the eye-rolling, sneering, maybe even jostling somebody with the elbow followed by a knowing head nod.

Exactly like liberals treated Tea Partiers and their crazy konspiracy theories.

And do you know what? They were right!

Which is what makes this change of identities so ironic.

Fact is, we're well past the thin gruel of the "17 agencies" bullshit of the fall. Now we've seen him and his cronies openly lie about their ongoing relationships with Russia.

Yes. Which makes him a liar and probably a crook.

...and this is shocking?
More importantly, if being a liar and crook equals treason then we better back up the truck.

Hate to break it to you, but if you need to feel that somebody is a good egg or acting rationally in all this, you're going to have to face the music. Every member of the elite on all sides and in multiple countries is a failed self-serving asshole. They are all, and I mean all, on the take. Anything else is pure naivete.

I hate to break it to you, but you seem to have failed at understanding the point - the difference between corruption and treason.

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@Cassandrus I'm very disturbed by how effectively our thoughts are being structured by establishment narratives.

They tell you Russia/Trump is fighting Hillary+the DNC+Soros. No matter what position you take up, pro-Hillary, pro-Trump, or whatever, that equation now structures your thoughts.

But what if Russia doesn't = Trump?

Why does backing off from hostilities toward Russia=bending the knee to Trump?
Why does backing off from hostilities toward Russia=ceasing to fight Trump?

In fact, why does ending this new Cold War before it turns into a Hot one have anything to do with our opinions of Trump at all? Because Trump happens to not to want World War III either, for his own, mostly scummy, reasons? So that means what? That I'm supposed to change MY view of US-Russian relations, war, 100 years of history, and nuclear weapons because...because Trump agrees with me? Why should I care whether Trump agrees with me? I bet I was opposing war with Russia (then the Soviet Union) a lot earlier than he was. My views came first. About 35 years before Trump decided to become a politician.

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"More for Gore or the son of a drug lord--None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord."
--Zack de la Rocha

"I tell you I'll have nothing to do with the place...The roof of that hall is made of bones."
-- Fiver

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal by anti-establishment narratives.

JFC Russian hacking is not some new concept that Robbie Mook invented. Journalists have visited Russia, interviewed some of their army paid trolls, we've been aware of their leaks over the years. This is a known known.

Trump's financial dependencies on Russia have also been a known known.

What's also a known known is that Russia's economy depends on oil and it lacks the tech to drill in the Arctic without the help of Western companies and specifically Exxon, with whom it had billions in contracts. And it's a known known that as long as the sanctions are in place, Exxon can't work with Russia and Russian can't get that oil. This isn't birthirism. This is reading myriad articles published widely over the past few years.

But somehow the Afterberners have gotten it into their heads that acknowledging these disturbing facts somehow means Markos Moulitisas is right and that would just be the worst thing ever and so these facts can't be true.

OK, as I said, IDGAF about Micropenis Moulitsas, neither his stupid massively outdated website nor any site spawned by his geezer progeny ever led to one positive action on any issue, the fucker just doesn't matter to me. But apparently he still does to some people? And I care why?

It hurts no one to let Trump burn. He doused himself in oil and lit the fucking match himself. I don't care.

What I do care about is this endless stream of corporate HR diversity policies masquerading as a resistance movement. They are off-putting to people and I don't really care about getting more vajayjays into the Hamptons.

I want to see more noise about Republicare screwing old fart Trump supporters. I want to see more noise about exp